Conrad Centennial Singapore – Big Breakfast Buffet
Where: Oscar’s Cafe & Terrace (tel: 6432-7481)
When: 7am-3pm every Sunday
Cost: $28+++ (adult); $14+++ (child)
What: Launched in March this y ear, it serves everything from muffins to dimsum and seafood fried rice. The highlight is the vitamin corner, which includes a juice bar. From 11am, pay $40+++ to combine the breakfast spread with the carving of the day.
Copthorne King’s Hotel – Penang Buffet
Where: Princess Terrace (tel: 6318-3168) When: 11.30am-2.30pm (3.30pm on weekends & public holidays) & 6.30-10pm daily
Cost: $28+++ (adult) and $20+++ (child);
What: One of the best-known spreads around, this buffet used to feature 28 items but now offers about 40. These include must-have dishes such as Penang laksa, Penang Hokkien mee soup, and Penang char kway teow.
Four Seasons Hotel – Sunday Brunch At One-Ninety
Where: One-Ninety (tel: 6831-7250), When: There are two sittings: 11am-1pm and 1.30pm-3pm
Cost: $ 68+++ (adult) and $30+++ (child); Pay $98+++ to add free flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
What: This has 20 hot and cold stations offering fresh oysters, sukiyaki, dimsum and pasta. The sinful dessert buffet station carries 25 sweet treats. Kids get their own spread and activities.
Goodwood Park Hotel – Local High Tea
Where: Coffee Lounge(tel:6730-1746), When: 2.45-5pm daily
Cost: $18.80 +++ (adult) and $9.40+++ (child).
What: It comprises more than 20 items, including dimsum and local and Western fare. There are also cooking stations that whip up roti prata and popiah. The apom berkuah with banana sauce, a Peranakan dessert, has been the hot favourite since day one.
Grand Hyatt Singapore – The Pete’s Place Salad
Where: Pete’s Place (tel: 6416-7113), When: 11.30am-2.30pm (Mon-Sat) and 6-10.30pm daily
Cost: $16+++; It costs $19.50+++ if you throw in soup and dessert, and $26+++ with the pasta main courses. Children pay $19.50+++ and get the whole works.
What: Toss your own greens from the fresh selection of 20 main salads, nine toppings and five dressings. If you are going for the pasta, try the signature dish, Cioppino,
a tomato-base seafood pasta.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel – Children’s Buffet
Where: Cafe Brio’s(tel:6233-1100),When:Noon-3pm Sundays
Cost: Free for kids aged 10 and below, accompanied by adults paying for the Sunday Brunch ($50+++ or $65+++ with free flow of champagne, wine and beer)
What: The spread offers mini hot dogs, burgers & chicken nuggets, etc. There are also activities such as magic shows & balloon sculpting.
Hotel Phoenix – International Buffet Lunch & Dinner
Where: Phoenix Garden Cafe (tel: 6233-6129), When: Noon-2.30pm and 6.30-10pm daily; a Local Hi-tea Buffet is also served daily from 3.30-5.30pm.
Cost: $23+++ for lunch and $25+++ for dinner; children pay $16.50+++ and $17.50+++ respectively
What: There are about 50 items in the spread. More soups and salads to suit the health-conscious palate of Singaporeans today. The signature dish – roti prata – is a must-try, as is the durian cake.
Hotel Royal – Tropical Peking-Style Steamboat Buffet
Where: Jade Room Restaurant (tel: 6251-8135), When: 11.15am-2.30pm and 6.15-10.30pm daily
Cost: $13.80+++ for lunch and $18.80+++ for dinner. Children pay $9+++ and $12+++ respectively. On weekends, eves and public holidays, adults pay $16.80+++ and $19.80+++ respectively.
What: The tangy dipping sauce, concocted from 13 ingredients including sesame, peanuts, chilli and vinegar, is the secret weapon here. Diners can take their pick from 32 items, including sea cucumber, fresh prawns and peking dumpling. There is also a choice of 10 cooked dishes such as fried chicken wings.
Hotel Inter-Continental – Olive Tree Mediterranean Buffet
Where: Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant (tel: 6431-1061) When: 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch (Mon-Fri) and 6.30-10.30pm for dinner (Sun-Thu)
Cost: $39+++ for lunch and $52+++ for dinner. Free for children under seven years. Those aged between 7 and 12 years will be charged according to their age. For instance, a seven-year-old will be charged $7+++ and a 10-year-old will pay $10+++.
What: It has attracted a strong following since 1995. The menu changes daily and offers more than 20 items, including the popular seafood on ice and pasta.
M Hotel Singapore – Sunday High Curry
Where: Cafe 2000(tel:6421-6222) When:Noon-3pm every Sunday
Cost: $28+++ (adult); $14+++ (child)
What: What started off as a pure curry buffet in February this year now includes a Western spread. This includes roast prime ribs and Yorkshire pudding. The fish head curry is highly recommended.
Meritus Negara Singapore – Local Delights Lunch Buffet
Where: Claymore Cafe (tel: 6831-6686)
When: Noon-2.30pm Mondays to Fridays, except public holidays. Brunch is served on weekends from noon-4pm.
Cost: $16.90+++ for weekdays and $19.90+++ for weekend brunch. Children pay $9.90+++ for both.
What: Local favourites like laksa, etc. The duck noodles and prawn mee soup are big draws.
Meritus Mandarin Singapore – International Buffet
Where: Triple 3, The Buffet Restaurant (tel: 6831-6271/72) When: Noon-3pm and 6.30-10:30pm daily
Cost: Lunch costs $41.80+++ (adult) & $24.80+++ (child), while dinner is priced at $52+++ and $32+++ respectively.
What: Formerly known as The Stables, the restaurant now offers more than 60 dishes, comprising 22 appetisers, 20 types of hot food & 20 choices of dessert. There is a different theme each month, but the baked honey-glazed ham, roast prime rib of beef, salmon sashimi & rock oysters are trademark items.
Raffles Hotel – International Buffet High Tea
Where: Tiffin Room (tel: 6331-1612)
When: 3.30- 5pm daily
Cost: $31.50+++ (adult) and $18+++ (child)
What: The high tea has earned a name for its indulgent spread and service. The scones with jam, butter and whipped cream, chicken pie and dim sum are top draws. Tiffin Room is also famous for its curry buffets.
Raffles The Plaza – Plaza Market Peranakan Buffet
Where: Plaza Market Cafe (tel: 6431-6156)
When: Noon-2.30pm and 6.30-10.30pm daily; high tea from 12.30-5pm (Sat, Sun& public holiday)
Cost: Lunch costs $25+++ (adult) and $13+++ (child); dinner costs $30+++ and $15+++ respectively; High tea is $23+++ and $12+ ++ respectively
What: The showcase of authentic Peranakan cuisine and the ayam buah keluak and durian pudding have won fans.
Royal Plaza On Scotts – International Buffet High-Tea
Where: Cafe Vienna (tel: 6589-7799), When: 3-5.30pm (Mon-Fri); Noon-5pm (weekends, eves and public holidays)
Cost: $18.50+++ (adult) and $9.25+++ (child) for weekdays and $24.50 +++(adult)and $12.25+++ (child) for weekends, eves and public holidays
What: The spread includes more than 80 Asian favourites and Western treats, of which the bread and butter pudding is most famous. It is also one of the few eateries in town that serve halal buffets.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort – Brunch ‘N’ Plunge
Where: Sharkey’s (tel: 6371-1071), When: 12.30-3pm
Cost: $39.50+++ (adult); 1/2 price for 12 years & below
What: Enjoy great sea view & free use of pool facilities as you tuck into the buffet. BBQ items; pork ribs & tiger king prawns, local favourites like fried oyster omelette & kueh, dominate the spread.
Shangri-La Hotel – Coffee Garden‘s Seafood Extravaganza
Where:Coffee Garden(tel:6213-4275), When:6.30-10.30pm daily
Cost: $61+++ (adult) and $31+++ (child).
What: The seafood buffet was made a daily affair with over 100 items range from barbecue lobster to Norwegian salmon dishes. Italian, Indian and Japanese sections offer pizzas, curries and sashimi.
Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore – Buffet Lunch & Dinner
Where: Ellenborough Market Cafe (tel: 6239-1848)
When: Noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm daily
Cost: $19.90+++ for lunch and $24.90+++ for dinner on weekdays, $25.90+++ for weekend dinner. Children pay $11.90+++ for lunch, $13.90+++ for weekday dinner and $14.90 +++ for weekend dinner.
What: This spread with a strong nonya component has gained fame since 1997 & the star is durian pengat, a yummy mousse. Other must-haves include the slipper lobster in black bean sauce and abalone mushroom noodles.
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore – Sunday Champagne Brunch
Where: Greenhouse(tel:6434-5288),When:11.30am-3.30pm (Sun)
Cost: $88+++ (adult); $45+++ (child)
What: The extensive spread includes 25 appetisers, 50 types of farmhouse cheese from France and local, Indian and Western specialities. There are 16 sections in all, including the popular oyster, sashimi and souffle. Wash everything down with Moet & Chandon champagne.
The Fullerton Singapore – Chocolate Buffet
Where: The Courtyard (tel: 6877-8129)
When: 8-11pm every Friday and Saturday
Cost: $24+++ (adult); $12+++ (child)
What: Chocolate lovers have been indulging in treats such as the chocolate mango yoghurt mousse. Checkout the drink station with its premium chocolate-blended drinks.
The Fullerton Singapore – Gourmet Buffet Dinner
Where: Town Restaurant (tel: 6877-8128), When: 6.30-10.30pm, Mondays to Saturdays
Cost: Starts from $28+++
What: Rolled out on April 8, the buffet allows diners to mix and match meals. They can pick from various main courses and help themselves to the Gourmet Appetiser Buffet and Gourmet Dessert Buffet, which cost $20+++ and $15+++ respectively on their own. There is also the Seafood Tower at $28+++ per person or $48+++ for two.
Or They can opt for the Appetiser and Dessert Buffet ($25+++),Seafood Tower and Dessert Buffet ($65+++ for two) and Seafood Tower with Appetiser and Dessert Buffet ($98+++ for two).
York Hotel – Penang Hawkers’ Fare
Where: White Rose Cafe (tel: 6737-0511 ext 1156)
When: Held traditionally during school holidays in March and September for 17 days each time, the buffet sometimes has an extra run in December.
Cost: $21.80+++ (adult) and $17.80+++ (child) for lunch and dinner.
What: The first-come-first-served spread is one of the most widely-anticipated culinary draws here. Hawkers from Penang’s Gurney Drive set up stalls offering perennial favourites such as Penang laksa, cuttlefish kang kong and crispy lor bak.